World hunger has a large impact on our culture and our psychology. Humans naturally adapt to their surroundings, it is part of our conscious development, and sadly world hunger is something are mentality has adapted too. While many haven’t given up on the fight, most allow the problem to avoid their thoughts and sit in the background.
Even though many ignore the problem it is never truly forgotten. For some it may help them live life to the fullest, or may even help their depression or anxiety; most have heard the phrase “Well it could be worse, you could be a starving child in Africa.” For many however during empathetic moments it may increase their depression, it reminds many that the world can be a cruel and dark place. It may invoke fear in many and even violence, especially in those that it impacts the most. Can you imagine starving to death in the poorest country in the world and coming to a country with vast number of obese individuals that throw away food on a regular basis.
With everything can you really be surprised that many developing nations in the world resent those that belong to more industrialized nations. I for one feel guilty, belonging to industrialized state I feel like not only have I not done enough to help those in need, but that many in my country have failed to do so as well. Of course I understand that this is a large problem, that is hard to solve on a individual level. Yet not only do I believe we are capable of adapting to this problem and solving, I believe we are capable of doing it easily and in a short period of time.
However as long as this problem persists, resentment will grow towards the states capable of helping, and so will the psychological problems that affect the world’s population. Right now everyday there’s numerous individuals losing their loved ones due to poor nutrition, starvation, all while waiting for their life’s to end from the very same problems. Those that survive may not ever forgive the world, because we’re refusing to act, and help end these problems, hopefully though many more of them will fight to end the needless suffering of so many out there.
So far we have only discussed some of the psychological affects world hunger has upon the world. Yet there are many more issues that stem from world hunger. Not only does it effect our emotions but it affects our value of life. Many countries with large portions of their population starving are used for slave labor, not just economic slave labor but physical slave labor. This may or may not be a purposeful intention for economic gains of a few individuals, but it hurts the world in many ways.
Many states where populations are exploited to the point of mass starvation have a large amount of physical resources, such as rare minerals. Much of our technology is reliant on these minerals, and are more often then not created by minerals that are mined by enslaved people. Due to the nature of how these resources are collected it is difficult to determine where they came from once they reach the point of manufacturing. In other words the minerals in your cell phone, laptop, automobile, or other technologies have good possibility of being mined by enslaved people that may be starving.
Some corporations purposely use this as a means to decrease the cost of manufacturing. This practice is incredibly inhumane, often times the miners are underfed, and incapable of leaving the mines. Often these miners can be in the mines for over 24 hours with very little light, fresh air, water, and food; the mines are also poorly maintained. These circumstances result in deaths quite often, and also are responsible for many social, and economic problems world wide.
Ironically while these minerals are mined by slaves it is actually less economical to have them mined in this fashion. Even though the miners are paid a negligent amount if any, due to the poor structure and lack of equipment, the mining is not only dangerous and inhumane, it is also inefficient. With the proper tools, equipment, and organizational structure, not only could we increase the safety in this area, but increase productivity, and break up the vicious gangs that run those areas.
While many gangs run these mines, the gangs themselves often have links to those in power in several businesses and government. This unity between government, corporations, and gangs, is quite distressing because it increases poverty, slavery, and world hunger. Due to the lack of resources in these states the government has very few laws in place to ensure the quality of life for it’s citizens, or the proper retribution for it’s resources. This condition exacerbates issues with world hunger, and becomes cyclic due to fact that because they lack resources they have more hungry citizens then other states, and due to the lack of resources they have poorer governments.